Dear Dorian

Bjorn is hosting the pub today for our Meeting the Bar segment. He is asking us to write poetry in the form of a letter. It must be a true letter with salutation and ending and poetry in between! Today Karin is promoting us to write a letter poem.  

 

My Dear Dorian,
It has been many years since I last saw you at the Café Royale.
I was surprised to you see you sitting
in the midst of The Kong – The Four
as we in Society named you.

Whistler, Forbes, and Oscar looked
older, wiser, more foolish,
dusty around the edges –
like a doily left too long on the surface
of a table that has waited too long to be dusted.

There you sat
like an exotic orchid
perched among faded roses –
but those roses still have long thorns
with blood on them.
Their tongues will ever be sharp!
I wonder if I will live long enough
to see them discarded and dead
In the trash bin.

You saw me and your beautiful mouth
curved in a sardonic smile.
You tipped your glass of champagne
in my direction.

One more café mocha –
It makes my heart go so fast,
But then,
when spring has paled and lovers
such as you consigned to the grave –
it is good to feel my heart beat faster,
to feel alive.

Is that why you did it?
Why you made your deal
with Fate?
So you could feel alive forever?

I wonder. But I just wanted you know –
I know your secret.

With best regards,
Lady Lavinia Thornsby

Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray, Penny Dreadful

35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Blue M.
    Mar 01, 2018 @ 15:45:25

    “You saw me and your beautiful mouth
    curved in a sardonic smile.”

    Oh my gosh, I really wanted to be the naughty onlooker in the corner, watching this moment unfold. 🙂

    I hope you do a whole series of these. I find it to be a most intriguing topic, particularly as you write it.

    This is my favorite section:

    “like a doily left too long on the surface
    of a table that has waited too long to be dusted.

    There you sat
    like an exotic orchid”

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    • kanzensakura
      Mar 01, 2018 @ 15:48:22

      Thank you for your kind words. I actually have done a series of these sort of posts, I think this is the 5th one. I am fascinated by Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, the very real Café Royale in London…

      I have eten there several times in years past. They are famous for the café mocha – a chocolate espresso. They have been making the same recipe for about 90 years.

      Sent from Mail for Windows 10

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  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 01, 2018 @ 15:49:45

    I do love the end… almost like a black-mail letter… (well deserved one)… and still that longing for his beauty. What a fabulous topic for a letter.

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  3. kim881
    Mar 01, 2018 @ 15:53:25

    I so miss Penny Dreadful! Thank you, Toni, for this wonderful reminder of what I’m missing! I love the description of The Kong as
    ‘older, wiser, more foolish,
    dusty around the edges –
    like a doily left too long on the surface
    of a table that has waited too long to be dusted’.
    I also love the picture you’ve painted (pun intended) of Dorian’s ‘beautiful mouth /
    curved in a sardonic smile’ and him tipping his champagne..But my favourite lines have to be:
    ‘when spring has paled and lovers,
    such as you consigned to the grave –
    it is good to feel my heart beat faster,
    to feel alive’.

    Reply

    • kanzensakura
      Mar 01, 2018 @ 15:58:48

      I miss Penny Dreadul as well. I guess I keep it going in my mind. Thank you for liking this. I don’t know why I find it so easy to slip into this time period, to talk to the people who lived then. My favorite historical time, I think. I’ve actually dined at the Café Royale and drunk their incomparable café mochas….Just as I like the Barker and Llewellyn novels of Will Thomas – an American no less!…Take care and stay warm. I am thinking we are going to be hit hard in March sometime…maybe I’m wrong.

      Reply

  4. Frank Hubeny
    Mar 01, 2018 @ 19:08:46

    I like these lines: “dusty around the edges –
    like a doily left too long on the surface” And the idea of making the deal to feel alive forever.

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  5. Grace
    Mar 01, 2018 @ 19:47:56

    I wonder what its like to live forever. Liking your approach to the letter prompt Toni specially your ending:

    I wonder. But I just wanted you know –
    I know your secret.

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  6. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Mar 01, 2018 @ 21:26:24

    My son told me I would like the “Penny Dreadful” on Netflix so I am off tonight to begin season 1. Google Cafe Royale London and … wow. gorgeous place! And Dorian Gray and all those poets are my son’s favorite as well – he has written many a poem and has a script in mind as well… 🙂

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    • kanzensakura
      Mar 01, 2018 @ 21:37:51

      It is good to know I am not the only one (besides Kim) who loved the series and the writers and artists of the time period. It was a most interesting period. I wish him the best! How old is he? Perhaps he may want to post on dVerse sometime? There is actually no age limit!

      Reply

  7. rothpoetry
    Mar 01, 2018 @ 22:20:34

    Sounds like Dorian is in pretty bad company. Sharped tongue devils waiting to be discarded!!
    Dwight

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  8. Jane Dougherty
    Mar 02, 2018 @ 05:09:11

    Very clever writing, Toni. I was there.

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  9. annell4
    Mar 02, 2018 @ 09:30:59

    I loved this!

    Reply

  10. Vivian Zems
    Mar 02, 2018 @ 15:08:02

    Cleverly done! Dorian Gray is the most intriguing character of all time…in my opinion. This was good!

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  11. Mish
    Mar 02, 2018 @ 19:49:08

    This scene came alive for me….
    “You saw me and your beautiful mouth
    curved in a sardonic smile.
    You tipped your glass of champagne
    in my direction.”
    Beautiful writing. I think Dorian Gray serves you well!

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  12. merrildsmith
    Mar 03, 2018 @ 07:36:39

    This was so much fun, Toni. Dorian’s a fascinating character indeed. Now I’m going to have to check out Penny Dreadful. 🙂

    Reply

  13. Sherry Marr
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 23:13:20

    This is a cool response to the prompt. I like the “I know your secret.”

    Reply

  14. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Mar 16, 2018 @ 04:17:23

    Delightful! (I saw a few of the final episodes of Penny Dreadful with my family at xmas and loved it so much I am about to start watching from the beginning.)

    Reply

  15. sanaarizvi
    Mar 16, 2018 @ 04:35:12

    I love this! The closing especially almost has hint of a black-mail letter.. very powerful writing!

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  16. Jim
    Mar 16, 2018 @ 07:08:22

    Really lovely, Toni. Old friends, lady ones, are hard to run down. If they marry then so many have changed their names. I’m glad that Facebook asks for maiden names. I still.haven’t found any of mine. 🙂
    ..

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  17. ManicDdaily
    Mar 16, 2018 @ 07:23:06

    I’ve read the book of the Portrait of Dorian Grey, but do not have a TV or watch on netflix. But still understood the poem—Dorian is not really so nice in the book, but I agree, the idea of the person changing inside and not on the outside is a captivating idea and very cool to think of in a poetic sense as well. Thanks so much. K.

    Reply

  18. annell4
    Mar 16, 2018 @ 13:36:32

    Does it seem other times, and other places are better…perhaps it has to do with the “greener grass?” I like this chance meeting.

    Reply

  19. purplepeninportland
    Mar 16, 2018 @ 20:09:24

    Ah, a story I have never forgotten. But what would happen if he knew that you knew? Very clever!

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  20. coalblack
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 08:27:17

    Ah, so this is Dorian! As always, you bring a scene to brimming life.

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  21. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Mar 20, 2018 @ 22:42:05

    x

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  22. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Mar 20, 2018 @ 22:45:57

    I’ve tried to reply twice but two times it hasn’t registers. Maybe because I posted a link. I was trying to send you a poem written by my son. But if you want to read some of his, please cursor down my blog’s side bar and go under “labels” and click on William R. Bednar. He also has a song he wrote and performs there. 🙂

    Reply

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